Gina Gambony

Host/Producer of Communique, Outreach, & Pinch-Hitter

Gina Gambony hosts and produces Communique, WHQR's weekday interview segment. Communique can be heard weekdays on 91.3 at 8:50am & 4:44pm and on 92.7 at Noon. Gina has been a member of WHQR since 1998 and began hosting Classical Music, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered  for the station in 2013.

Gina earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy & Religion after studying at University of North Carolina Wilmington and completing a year of advanced study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Philosophy Institute (Belgium). She is also a certified English and Social Studies teacher for secondary students. Prior to working at WHQR, Gina spent her time primarily in the non-profit realm, including Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Director of Education & Outreach), UNCW Office of Cultural Arts (Director of House/Audience Services), Corvallis Arts Council (Teaching Artist & Arts Integration Specialist), and Dreams of Wilmington (Teaching Artist). She also taught for Cape Fear Community College, plus English and Drama in local middle schools. In 2010, she brought the first large-scale puppet festival to Wilmington as the Director of the Port City Puppet Festival, which earned the designation as the #1 Arts Event in 2010 by Wilmington Star News. Gina is a co-director and founder of Wilmington's first theatre company for people with developmental disabilities: Theatre for All! 

Gina has used her voice for commercials, cartoons, storytelling, puppetry, and theatrical productions since childhood. She's delighted to use the skills and experience acquired through her work in public service and the arts to be a part of the WHQR team. She won 2nd place in KCRW Santa Monica's International 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016 in her independent audio enterprise. You can listen to her winning piece here

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Superstar Academy provides theatrical education for students and adults through outreach in schools, afterschool classes, and through the special program Theatre for All!, Wilmington's only theatre program for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. These classes are given at no- or low-cost to participants...but the work does cost money. That's why Superstar Academy is having a fundraiser. Zach Hanner, the Artistic Director, is throwing a Luau at Walker World this Saturday, March 4th for just this purpose. 

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Amy Grant, the owner and manager of Art in Bloom Gallery, paired two artists for her latest exhibit: Catching the Spirit: Images by Mark Gansor and Carole Osman. Gansor's paintings include realistic acrylic buildings, gardens, and fields, while Osman presents pastel, monoprint, collage, oil, and acrylic work.  The opening reception for this exhibit is Friday, 2/24, part of 4th Friday Gallery Walk, 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

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The dress may smell like roasting marshmallows...I spoke with 2 teenagers and a man named Scooter for 30 minutes, and I'm still not sure if there are marshmallows in this dress--this dress made of books, and some other stuff, for a very special design contest. It's the 3rd Annual Fashion Design Contest for teens called Fiction to Fashion. Scooter Hayes, the Youth Services Librarian in New Hanover County, is the leader of this interesting project. He joined us along with 2 contestants: teenagers Ashley Bennette and Theo Townend. Listen above. 

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The Coastal Carolina Cabaret has a Mardi Gras theme this year. Pianist/accordionist Al DiMarco is introducing his new band at the party: Al DiMarco's Big Fat Accordion Band, with Al on accordion, Benny Hill on saxophone, Paul Lewis on baritone sax, and David Toma playing drums.

Dreams of Wilmington and Thalian Hall present a second edition of Dreambuilders, the event introduced last year to celebrate visual and performing arts by teaching artists from the Dreams Center. This year, a theme is included, making it Dreambuilders-Inspirations: Work by Artists Who Guide.

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UPDATE: THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY DUE TO TROPICAL STORM HERMINE.

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Coastal Designer Glass incorporates glass into architecture and home furnishing in ways you might never expect. They also restore stained glass panels. Owners Cynthia DeVita Cochrane and Nathaniel Cochrane joined us to share the surprising work they do and opportunities for novices to experience creation with glass.

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The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with "A Gala in Wonderland." Interim Executive Director Yasmin Tomkinson  and Outreach Coordinator Erin Payne came in to tell us about the work the organization does in our community - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party will help raise money for this work to continue. The Gala is at Audi Cape Fear on Staurday, March 7 at 6:30 PM. To find out more about the Cape Fear Literacy Council and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party visit their website here

Zephyros Winds and Barbara McKenzie are performing on Sunday, February 21 at the Church of the Servant  as a part of the Chamber Music Wilmington Season.  Barbara and Pat Marriott came in to tell us about the performance and the concert. 

Alexa Doran is one of WHQR's Graduate Fellows working in the Web Services department. She is studying poetry through the graduate school at UNCW. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and enjoys living in Wilmington with her poochy, Jude. During this interview, she read her poem After you said an artist can inspired by  the photograph Self Portrait with Dada-Kopf by 1920's Dada artist Sophia Tauber. You can catch more of her poetry in upcoming issues of The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart, Educe and CALYX literary magazine.  

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Christopher Marino has been in town for barely over a year, but he's already made an impact on the local theater community. He staged popular readings of Shakespeare's work almost immediately upon his arrival in Wilmington and was recently named the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare Company. Mr. Marino teaches for the UNCW Theatre Department and is the director of the upcoming production of Hamlet - using a slightly different script than audiences would usually see staged. Marino visited us accompanied by Luke Robbins, the actor playing the title role. 

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Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The opening reception is February 25 from 4- 8 PM, and the exhibit will be up for viewing until March 26. For more about Wilbur Jones Jr. click here 

The Theatre Network of Wilmington (TNOW) is throwing a red carpet Oscar Event at Theatre NOW on Monday night, February 22, 2015. Executive Director Zach Hanner and board president Sydney Penny came to our studio to talk about this fundraising event and explain the outreach work that TNOW is involved in. For more information about this local nonprofit organization and to get tickets for this event visit superstaracademy.org

Grey Pascal is a local artist with a reputation for experimentation in meaningful ways. For over a year, Grey has been working on a new kind of portrait...it's not simply visual it's about words and how they define us. The collection he's creating is called "A Word..with Grey Pascal: A Conceptual Portrait Series On Panel With Encaustic." If you are interested in participating in this series please contact Grey at volcanodweller@hotmail.com 

Steve Vernon, the artistic director of Big Dawg Productions, gives us a review of Big Dawg's 2015 theatre season, including a hint at reviving "The Hermit of Ft. Fisher." For more information click here 

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  Wilmington Art Association presents The Budding and Blooming Art Show at Mayfaire Town Center on the Green, Saturday, June 28, from 10 to 4. Forty young “budding” artists will display and sell their work alongside twenty adult “blooming” artists. There will be young musicians performing too, plus Big Al Hall and his group. My guests were visual artists Dorian Hill and Wiio Meinheit and musician Caroline Lemley. 

Details at WilmingtonArt.org

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Barbara Raab is co-founder and president of Monty’s Home, a non-profit based in Burgaw that rescues and adopts out animals.  Its Pawsitive Partners Prison Program takes dogs from the Pender County Animal Shelter who are about to be euthanized and pairs them up with prisoners in Pender and New Hanover County correctional institutions.  The men and dogs go through an 8-week training program together, after which the dogs are adopted by families, and the prisoners have a new set of skills. 

More info online at Montyshome.org

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Tom Smicklas is a clarinetist, saxophonist and conductor.  He is directing the Summer Concert Series for the Brunswick Concert Band.  It is presenting a week of patriotic concerts, June 27th through July 3rd at various venues in Brunswick County.  Tom is also involved in the creation of the new Wilmington Symphonic Winds. 

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Cape Fear Literacy Council has a new Executive Director.  Linda Lytvinenko is moving away, so she brought the new director, Susan Pomeroy, to our studios to introduce her to our audience and talk about future plans.  Details at CFLiteracy.org

[In the photo, Susan is the one with the dark tan, even tho’ she just moved here from NY!]

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The Cameron Art Museum offers great summer workshops, classes and camps for youth and adults.  Donna Moore (The Museum School Director) and Georgia Mastroieni (Director of Youth and Family Education) give us the rundown.  

Details available at CameronArtMuseum.org or 910-395-5999.

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Jimmy Pierce is the founder and director of Kids Making It (KMI), a wonderful non-profit that gives at-risk youth a place to learn woodworking skills and then sell their products to the public.  

The Third Annual Hippie Ball, held this Friday, 7PM at the Brooklyn Arts Center, is a fundraiser for KMI.  “Dust off your flower-power clothes and let your freak flag fly!” 

Details and tickets: KidsMakingIt.org or 910-763-6001, ext. 108

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The premiere of Opera Wilmington is coming up with a fully-staged production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Artistic Director Nancy King and Executive Director Wendy Fingerhut talk about how this long-held dream of a local opera company is coming to pass. 

Performances are July 25 and 26 at 8pm, plus July 27 at 3pm – in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage. 

Details at Opera-Wilmington.org.  Tickets available through Etix and the Kenan Box Office.

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My guests today were Joy Dupree Gregory, founder and artistic director of True 2 U Productions, and Tracy Byrd, the director and choreographer of the company’s latest show --  Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller.

The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 – this weekend and next – at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1415 S. 17th Street.  Tickets / info: 910-515-3327 

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Monday, June 16th is Bloomsday, on which James Joyce fans around the world celebrate the book Ulysses and its protagonist Leopold Bloom.  At Old Books on Front Street at 7pm, a portion of the play-within-the-book will be performed by marionettes!  Jazz pianist/composer James Jarvis has written music for the show; Gina Gambony and Christy Grantham will work the marionettes created by Nina and Bryan Cournoyer.  Bookstore owner Gwenyfar Rohler and musician James Jarvis tell us all about it. 

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Financial behaviorist Syble Solomon gives a talk called DeMystifying Credit -- tonight at 6:00 at the Northeast Library.  She has created The Good Credit Game, a colorful board game crammed full of surprising information on credit.  For more information, you can call the library at 910-798-6306.  To learn more about Syble, go to MoneyHabitudes.com

Note: the website she recommends in the interview is AnnualCreditReport.com

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Joanna Cole, author of the The Magic School Bus series, will be at The Coastal Education Center next to Wrightsville Beach Museum on Saturday from 4 to 6. NC Coastal Federation is hosting a book reading and signing event with her to celebrate her latest book, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge.

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My guests were director Michelle Reiff and performer Rachel Walter. Thalian Association Children’s Theatre presents its last show of the season – TACT Radio: Hits Through the Ages, two hours of music from the 50s through today.  With performances by youth aged 8-18, the two-hour show is directed by Michelle Reiff, with musical direction by Jonathan Barber. 

The show runs this weekend only: Thursday and Friday at 7, Saturday at 3 and 7, and Sunday at 3 at the Hannah Block Historic USO.  Tickets are available there. 

Guest host Gina Gambony spoke with actors Randy Davis and Vanessa Welch who play a married couple in Dearly Departed for Big Dawg Productions.  (They’re married in real life too!)T

The show runs through June 22nd. More information on the show at bigdawgproductions.org 

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Opera House Theatre Company presents The Wizard of Oz.  This stage version was created by the Royal Shakespeare Company and follows the classic 1939 film almost exactly, but making all those cinematic special effects work on stage is a challenge!  Director Suellen Yates and actor Tony Rivenbark (who plays Professor Marvel and The Wizard) tell us about this huge undertaking. 

The show opens June 4th and runs through June 22nd.  Tickets available at ThalianHall.org or 910-632-2285.

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